Wednesday, April 23, 2008

An old tool with a new face

I saw this post ( to Tony Karrer’s eLearning Technology blog ( and it intrigued me. Remember flash cards? Some teachers and students swore (still do?) by them, some hate them as another example of rote memorization that contradicts true learning. But, with the addition of interesting multimedia capabilities, and the ability of students to share their work and for teachers to create assessments based on these multimedia enriched flash cards, does this change the game enough for these tools to become appreciated and useful again?

An interesting conversation to have… I wonder if JAM is old enough to need these yet. Definitely next year when The Tests start. I hope he appreciates 2nd grade, 3rd grade will be all test all the time. I hate this monster we call public education and what the politicians have done to it.

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